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‘Hawkeye’ Easter Eggs: 5 Things You May Have Missed in Episode 4

Now that Hawkeye is past the halfway point, it’s really cranking up the tension and doling out the mysteries! For instance, who is the owner of that Rolex watch? We have a theory, BTW. And while it’s not exactly a mystery per se, it was still gasp-worthy when that one character from that one movie’s post-credits scene showed up in Episode 4. Things just keep getting worse and more dangerous for Clint and Kate—and that’s what makes the show such a fun watch.

Beyond the Rolex and that big character reveal, what else happened in “Partners, Am I Right?” A whole lot! There were Easter eggs galore as well as one incredibly deep cut Star Wars reference that is just so ridiculous, we still can’t believe it happened.

So, are you ready to find out what you might have missed in this week’s Hawkeye episode?

 SPOILERS ahead, because we are gonna break them all down right now.

Boomerang arrows

Hawkeye #3 (2015) by Matt Fraction (writer), Chris Eliopoulos (letterer), David Aja (artist), Matt Hollingsworth (colorist) Photos: Marvel Comics, Disney+

During their impromptu Christmas movie marathon party, Clint brings up the fact that his trick arrow tips only fit on certain shafts—and he used them all up in the chase scene in the previous episode. This is when Kate asks why Clint doesn’t just use boomerang arrows since that would make losing the arrows that much harder (it would also defeat the point of 99% of his arrows so…).

This is a direct pull from the comics, albeit with the roles reversed. This convo actually takes place in Hawkeye #3, which inspired last week’s car chase. In that issue, instead of a giant arrow crashing down into the bridge, Kate shoots a boomerang arrow above the bad guy and then it boomerangs back and takes him out. This role reversal actually speaks to how much MCU Hawkeye is different from Marvel Comics Hawkeye. Can you imagine Jeremy Renner being psyched about boomerang arrows? Also, by the time Kate and Clint teamed up in the comics, Kate had been acting as a superhero—hell, acting as the Marvel Universe’s sole Hawkeye—for years. She was a total pro (albeit a snarky pro) and Clint was the screw up. In the show, however, Kate’s just starting out. By giving those lines to Kate, the show gets to keep moments from the comics and have them make sense in the MCU.2

Kate’s NANKA shirt

Hawkeye #22 (2015) by David Aja (artist) Photos: Marvel Comics, Disney+

Here’s another direct reference to the comics: the t-shirt that Kate wears in Hawkeye #22, which she wears during a truly badass moment BTW. And in case you haven’t used Google translate yet, “NANKA” is Japanese for “something.” So this is a shirt that has something on it, literally.3

“Bells, Bells, Bells”

Are you ready to lose your damn mind??? So—Hawkeye is full of Christmas music, but there’s one track in Episode 4 that is such an incredibly deep cut that I’m absolutely stunned that they used it. When Kate’s hanging out with the LARPers, there is a song playing that will be familiar to almost no one. The song?

“Bells, Bells, Bells” as performed by Anthony Daniels as C-3PO from the 1980 Star Warsholiday album Christmas in the Stars. Yes, that is a thing that exists and it… is… bonkers. Take “Bells, Bells, Bells” for instance. It’s a song that starts with C-3PO saying, “I cannot believe the question. It’s like, ‘What is indigestion?’ Not that bells and indigestion are the same.”

The entire album is a gem, a completely ridiculous holiday artifact that is every bit as preposterous as the infamous 1979 Star Wars Holiday Special, except that Christmas in the Stars has considerably less Wookiee grunting. It does, however, have the song “What Can You Get a Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)?”

And then there is my personal favorite, the almost antagonistically catchy “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Fun fact: the lead vocal on this one is sung by a young Jon Bon Jovi, who was working as a janitor in the recording studio. This is true.

Anyway—the album is amazing and this song’s inclusion on Hawkeye had better mean that high quality versions of these recordings are on the way.4

Wendy Conrad, a.k.a. Bombshell / Orville, a.k.a. Oddball

Hawkeye #3 (1983) by Mark Gruenwald (writer, artist), Danny Bulanadi, Eliot Brown (inkers), Christie Scheele (colorist), Joe Rosen (letterer) Photos: Marvel Comics, Disney+

Continuing the tradition established in Episode 2 wherein members of the LARPers guild are named after supporting characters from various Hawkeye comics (remember Grills?), Episode 4 introduces two more: Bombshell and Oddball from 1983’s Hawkeye limited series. Officer Wendy Conrad (Adetinpo Thomas) and her pal Orville (Robert-Walker Branchaud) are both members of the guild, and those are the alter egos of these two seldom seen Hawkeye villains. Officer Carson even uses the Bombshell alias, although it’s probably more of a term of endearment from Wendy’s wife than a real codename. Whether or not MCU Orville goes by Oddball remains a mystery.5

Black Widow assassin goggles

Thunderbolts #133 (2009) by Francesco Mattina (artist) Photos: Marvel Comics, Disney+

Florence Pugh’s return to the MCU as Yelena Belova brings the character another step closer to her comic book look. In the comics, Belova frequently wore goggles with a bunch of neon green lenses that mimicked the look of spider eyes. For fans of the comics, those green goggles probably tipped you off that Hawkeye’s mystery attacker was Yelena right away. Lets hope that this is as close as the MCU Yelena gets to her comic book counterpart, though, because… uh… Yelena was very much not a hero in the comics.

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